Tuesday March 22, 2005
Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that Louisville Metro Government will extend its “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” program, thanks to a $10,000 grant from Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse Stores.
The grant will continue the pilot program initiated last year by the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Department of Neighborhoods and local Lowe’s stores to provide residents with new door locks, window sash locks and security fixtures.
Last summer, teams of LMPD officers, Department of Neighborhoods staff and Lowe’s employees made contact with thousands of Louisville residents for home security surveys and installed security devices in more than 600 homes. Lowe’s donated $4,000 for the pilot project.
“With support from Lowe’s, we are pleased to be able to extend this home-safety program to more of our residents,” Abramson said. “This program is an example of our efforts to connect our police officers with our neighborhood residents, and to work to-gether to keep our hometown safe.” The pilot project was initiated by LMPD’s 5th District (now the Fourth Division) to address an increase in home break-ins. The program began in the Germantown, Schnitzelburg, Smoketown and Shelby Park neighborhoods, and was later expanded to Paristown Pointe, the Original Highlands, Deer Park and Tyler Park.
In addition to conducting home-security surveys and installing safety devices, team members provided residents with information regarding neighborhood blockwatch programs. As a result, residents formed 25 new blockwatches.
After the success of the pilot project, the local team applied to the national “Lowe’s Home Improvement Heroes” program to obtain the additional funding to expand the program into more neighborhoods. The Police Department and the Department of Neighborhoods are in the process of determining the next neighborhoods to participate in the program.
The “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” teams will enter the new neighborhoods this summer or early fall.
For more information about the “Creating Safer Neighborhoods” project, resi-dents may call MetroCall at 311 or 574-5000.